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Harsh Times Reviews

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Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com
May 5, 2008
A crazy little film, modest in its scope but grand in its ambition. It paints it's story in loud primary colors, with intense pressure cooker characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
HARSH TIMES is a portrait of a male-dominated world and inChristian Bale's fierce performance, Ayer has found the perfect actor. It's just unfortunate that the screenplay feels like a left-over from an era that has passed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 9, 2007
just like its protagonist, Harsh Times is fatally flawed, but in a manner that still remains compelling to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Wade Simpson
culturevulture.net
March 27, 2007
A movie that seems gritty and pointless for its first third, begins to grow in meaning as the pointlessness snowballs into absurdity and then tragedy.
March 24, 2007
It's an amazing performance, one of the best of the year, with Bale truly making you believe in this over-the-top character.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 29, 2006
Por alguns instantes, o filme parece ter algo relevante a dizer sobre a desumanização provocada pela guerra ou o niilismo de uma geração entediada e descrente, mas constatamos que quer apenas chocar, desperdiçando as ótimas atuações de Bale e Rodriguez.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
December 25, 2006
A gritty, automobile-intensive, buddy flick rather reminiscent of director David Ayer's similarly amoral Training Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
December 4, 2006
Harsh Times is dark and brutal, not the kind of film that lures a large audience or garners awards, although it deserves both.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 25, 2006
The mix of black humor and pitiless drama makes for a very effective cinematic slow burn
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
November 25, 2006
Harsh Times wins in the end by keeping its fingers wrapped tightly around its viewers' throats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2006
Jim Davis (Christian Bale) may be the most aggressively self-destructive character since Johnny Boy Civello in 'Mean Streets.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 18, 2006
None of these characters are the least bit likeable, and that's the fault of David Ayer, who structures the film as a series of mostly disconnected episodes with a single theme:
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 16, 2006
Ayer has a feel for the grimy underside of urban life...
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 15, 2006
Harsh Times is an hour-by-hour diary of two crazy, unreliable, irresponsible dudes trying to find a way to fit into the same society they hate, facing one hurdle after another until they appear to butcher half of Los Angeles.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 15, 2006
We don't like the view from this dark place, but is that a flaw or precisely the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 14, 2006
Bale's wild-eyed menace keeps you watching for a time, but by the grisly end he's just another American psycho.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 14, 2006
"Harsh Times" is a tragedy whose finale is obvious right from the start.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
November 14, 2006
As a character study it lacks characterization, and it's too predictable to be an effective cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 13, 2006
Ayer's overly flashy direction epitomizes how the film never finds the right balance between too much and too little.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 13, 2006
Jim is such a psycho and Mike is such a patsy, we don't care about these guys. We've seen dozens of more interesting head cases in dozens of smarter films.
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